…if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.

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The inspiration for this week’s post came from an unusual source.  As I have said before, each week I pray for direction in what I should write about, and wait for God to tell me.  Last night as I climbed into bed, I hadn’t pinned down any specific topic yet.  Truthfully, blogging wasn’t even on my mind at that point, I just wanted to get in bed.  Our family lives on a busy and often noisy street, so I can’t sleep without the TV on to drown out the noise from around us.  I reached for the remote, turned on Netflix, and chose the show F.R.I.E.N.D.S.  Not exactly a Christian show, right?

In this particular episode, two of the characters Monica and Chandler are heading to an adoption agency to meet with a mother who is considering allowing  Monica and Chandler to adopt her baby.  Before they head off to meet with the birth mother, they stop by their favorite hang-out and are chatting with their friends.  Initially as they are talking, they express how they are trying not to get their hopes up but after a few minutes it’s obvious their hopes are WAY up, and they are thrilled that they may be allowed to become parents of this child.  That’s what got me thinking. 

I’m usually a pretty optimistic person, a dreamer, someone who kind of has her head in their own little world, thinking excitedly about all of the “could be’s” of life.  Because I have a dreamers heart, I have heard SO MANY TIMES in life “don’t get your hopes up.” Why is that? Why do people say to not get our hopes up? What is so wrong about being hopeful? There have been plenty of times I have started a conversation or thought with “I’m trying not to get my hopes up…” but truthfully my hopes are up there whether I’m advised against being hopeful, or even trying to not be hopeful myself.  Does telling someone not to get their hopes up actually help? Is telling someone not to get their hopes up biblical?

I think when we tell someone not to get their hopes up, or try ourselves to not be hopeful, what we’re really saying or trying to do is avoid being disappointed.  We tell people “don’t get your hopes up” but I think what we really mean is “I would hate to see you disappointed if this doesn’t end how you would like it to.” The bible says over and over and over again, be hopeful, but put your hope in the Lord.

24 For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.
Romans 8:24-25
For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.
Romans 15:4

13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 15:13

I think what we should be saying instead is  “I’m praying for you in these situations, I’m hopeful, and I’m here for you if you end up disappointed down the road.”
God wants us to be hopeful, but He wants us to put our hope in Him.  Share the desires of your heart with the Lord, have hope, and trust that He hears you.  He will provide your needs, and what is best for you, according to His great plan for your life.  Sometimes that means being disappointed temporarily but that’s ok.  If you don’t have hope, what do you have?

11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Jeremiah 29:11
In His Love,
Rosalynn L.

About Rosalynn Lasley

I’ve been happily married to my high school sweetheart more years of my life than believable. It’s true what they say, time flies when you’re having fun. God has blessed us with 4 children, 3 we have the pleasure of raising, and one waiting for us in Heaven.

I have always enjoyed writing but my call to ministry came during some of my most difficult times thus far. Writing for Alaska Christian Women’s Ministry helped me start to make sense of all that God has been walking me through, even when sometimes it’s messy and painful. I never realized that telling my story, even the ugly parts, could be encouraging to other women until I started writing. It’s true that God will make beauty from ashes, you just have to let Him.

My writing is often serious, and sometimes heavy in nature, but in real life I’m usually the complete opposite of serious. I LOVE TO LAUGH, and say that humor is my unofficial spiritual gift. I’m fairly awkward when first meeting someone, but if I can make you laugh then I think we’ll end up being excellent friends. I’m certain that my husband is the only person on earth that doesn’t think I’m all that funny. If I can make him laugh, I’m a happy girl!

I have the blessing of serving in the junior high ministry at my local church, and find it such a joy hanging out with those smelly young people, week after week. They bless my heart far more than I could ever bless theirs in the short amount of time we meet each week.

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